Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):
At the top – Louisville has long struggled with air pollution, from industrial parks and from traffic-clogged highways. There are air monitors around the city that test for certain pollutants. But it’s becoming harder to determine who’s being exposed to what, which is why WFPL’s Erica Peterson did some of her own testing and has produced three reports to explain her findings. Erica speaks with Rick Howlett about the investigation, and then we hear the three reports on black carbon pollution.
15:30 – Kentucky State Police troopers are rounding up hundreds of drug suspects today in what the state’s lead police agency calls the largest one-day drug crackdown in its history. It’s called Operation Black Friday. WFPL’s Jonathan Meador has details on the scope and objectives of the arrests, as well as some criticism on the tactics.
18:45 – Last week a jury in Lebanon Indiana acquitted former state trooper David Camm. It was Camm’s third trial for the murder of his wife and two children 13 years ago at their home in Georgetown. Camm has begun his new life as a free man, but officials in Floyd County, Indiana, where the killings occurred, are scrambling to offset a budget deficit caused in part by having to foot the bill for the third Camm trial. Grace Schnieder has been covering all of this for the Courier-Journal and she joins us to discuss.
22:40 – WFPL education reporter Devin Katayama drops in to discuss some JCPS news, including new “equity scorecards” and possible changes to JCPS volunteer policy as it relates to parents with prior felony convictions.
28:30 – Anyone who watched the World Series this week saw a shape many of us have come to take for granted. TheGateway Arch looms over Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and its silhouette is mowed into the grass of the Cardinals’ home field. At 630 feet, the Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the country. And it’s also one of the most troubling, overlooked and under-appreciated. University of Kentucky professor Tracy Campbell is the author of The Gateway Arch, a biography of the monument. He speaks with WFPL’s Gabe Bullard about its difficulties and disappointments.
35:15 – The death of the independent brick and mortar record store was foretold in magazines and blogs for years. It hit home in Louisville two years ago this week when John Timmons announced he’d close Ear X-tacy, the world famous independent shop. Nationally and in Louisville, music fans fretted over the seemingly inevitable demise of other local indie record stores. But many of the stores evolved. And this month, two new shops opened. On the same day. On the same street. WFPL’s Joseph Lord reports.
38:45 – WFPL arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane discusses recent arts news and some noteworthy events this weekend. She then welcomes Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, playwrights commissioned for the Theatre 502 serial play project “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn,” which is hitting its halfway mark tonight.